Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday expressed concern over the proliferation of boreholes in the state, saying they constituted long term environmental problem.
The governor, at the inauguration of one-million-gallon-per-day capacity World Bank assisted Mini Waterworks at Iponri, said the residents of the state were better off with more water works than more boreholes in their different houses.
He said the state, through the water corporation would soon address the environmental risk posed by the increasing number of boreholes in the next few weeks.
He urged Lagosians to make use of domestic connections to their homes wherever there is a waterworks, saying government would continue to build waterworks to bring water close to various homes in the state.
He said, “Let us shut down those boreholes because they have long term environmental impact and environmental damage to our state and our people.”
Fashola describedd the mini waterworks project as part of the short term strategy to ensure that water was supplied to every home in the state. According to him, the project started with the restoration of Iju and Adiyan waterworks to their full capacity.
He explained that the state had been delivering about 98 per cent of the 114m capacity installed in both waterworks with the construction of a dedicated power plant of 12Megawatts to power the schemes.
He said, “Since then, we have embarked on 15 mini waterworks of two million capacities per day. We have handed over 10; the remaining five are in various stages of completion.”
“This is another level of intervention through strategic construction and location of six one million gallons per day in partnership with the World Bank. This is the second of the six to serve this area, Iponri, Costain and environs.”
Fashola explained that his government wanted the residents to be healthy and was convinced that wherever there was water, there would be improved health care, improved sanitation which would allow the government combat water borne diseases like cholera.
He expressed the hope the problem of water supply would be a thing of the past in the state.